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OLD TESTAMENT NOTES AND NOTICES.
The Pharaoh and Date of the Exodus.— In a recent issue (March, 1889) of The
Theological Monthly, Mr. J. Schwartz, librarian of the Apprentices' Library, New
York City, claims to prove that the ordinary view as to the Pharaoh of the Exodus
and the date of that event are wrong. It was Tutmes III., on April 20, 1438
B. C, more than 100 years before the time commonly supposed, who permitted the
children of Israel to go forth from Egypt. The writer also declares that in a
forthcoming article he will offer a further argument on this point which will leave
no possible room for doubt. The evidence will be awaited with interest.
Hebrew Parchments containing parts of the Old Testament.— The undersigned
has in his possession the following collection of Hebrew parchments, which have
been lately sent to this country from one of the Armenian monasteries: 1. An
Esther Roll, unpointed Hebrew text, 12 columns, size 5 feet 8f inches by 12}
inches. Evidently over a century old and in excellent preservation. Value $20.
2. The Schema,- — Deut. 6:4 and onward. Two copies. Value $1 each. 3. Two
Phylacteries, with text the same as the Schema in good condition. Value
$3 each. 4. Another Esther Boll, 7 feet 3 inches long and 8 inches wide, undated,
but with unpointed Hebrew Text, and evidently about 200 years old. Value $15.
Julius H. Ward, Herald Ed. Booms, Boston.
Biblical Instruction at Haverford College. — From its very beginning as Hav-
erford School, in 1833, to its present vigorous life, the managers of Haverford
College have held closely to their desire " to inculcate the simple truths of the
Christian religion." And while making advances in material prosperity and in
methods and results of instruction, the old motto of the school : "Non doctior sed
meliore doctrina irnbutus," has been closely followed by the college. Not only to
make scholars, but to educate Christian men, has been the aim, and the result of
this earnest and sincere endeavor is seen in the alumni, whose position in church
and state is the best evidence of the wisdom of their training. As this was the
purpose of the school and afterward of the college, there resulted, naturally, the
determination to teach the Bible ; and from the very beginning until now there
have not only been daily religious services with the reading of the Scriptures, but
there has been compulsory class instruction in the Book of Books. As college
after college has been adding to its course instruction in the English Bible, the
faculty of Haverford College has been strengthened in its confidence in the wisdom
of the course pursued during half a century and has been not a little encouraged
by the knowledge that this movement had been anticipated here in every essential
particular. But though the biblical instruction has always been present, it has
experienced change and improvement, gaining by the increase in teaching staff,
and by superior material accommodations. It is a reasonably good course, but it
has also its outlook toward the future, and will doubtless be greatly improved and
strengthened. The course as now arranged may be divided into (a) required, (b)